Riot Games appoints new CEO after three years of searching

According to an official statement from Riot, Nicolo Laurent is stepping down as CEO of Riot Games and will be replaced by Dylan Jadeja, the company’s current global president. Laurent is stepping into an advisory role after six years as CEO to focus more on his family. The transition of the CEO is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

Laurent has been a key part of Riot Games since the company was a “40-person startup” in 2009, before taking on the role of CEO in 2017. Under his leadership, Riot Games was accused of promoting a sexist “bro culture”. ”, in which Laurent was personally accused (and later acquitted) of sexual misconduct towards his former executive assistant.

Jadeja has been with Riot Games since joining as Chief Financial Officer in 2011 and has held the position of Global President since 2017. Laurent claims that for the first time in their 17-year history it took almost three years to plan who would replace him. Riot has “looked both inside and outside the company to find the best person for the role.”

“I know this news feels sudden, but to be honest, it’s a decision I’ve been thinking about for a while. I’ve been fortunate enough to have had a long and wonderful journey with Riot.” Got the opportunity,” Laurent wrote in an open letter. “While this chapter is ending, I do not see it as the end – I have no plans to join another company or start a new one.” Laurent Said that he plans to stay with the Riot as a consultant “for years to come”, and that more details about the transfer process will be shared with Jadeja in the coming weeks.

“It would be disingenuous to suggest that I have already defined all the answers and a plan of action”

“As we look at the transition, it would be wrong for me to suggest that I have already defined all the answers and an action plan,” Jadeja said in his own open letter to Riot fans. “As CEO, it’s fair to assume that I may do some things differently than in the past, but I want to assure you that the goal for us — together — will not waver. And he clearly sees Riot as the best company in the world.” Aiming to be a trustworthy and authentic gaming company… built by players, for players.

In a 2018 study by Kotaku, several former female Riot employees reported being sexually harassed, groomed for promotion, and given unwanted genital photos. One of Riot’s senior male leaders was described as regularly grabbing his genitals and farting in his employee’s face during meetings. Laurent was not mentioned during Kotaku To expose

a report published by wired However, claims that in 2021, Laurent protected some of the most problematic employees who held leadership positions at the company during this time, as noted dexerto, Riot paid $100 million to settle a 2018 discrimination and harassment lawsuit filed by eight female former employees of the company.

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